A quick update on Alison's forthcoming concert appearances and links for more info:
This Sunday, Alison joins an esteemed list of the most respected and influencial people in British society by appearing on BBC4's long running and internationally renowned radio show, Desert Island Discs. She'll be in conversation with programme presenter Kirsty Young, revealing her eight musical choices to take to the mythical desert island. So, will it be Bach, Bach, Bach, Bach, Bach, Bach, Bach and er Bach - or might there be a surprise or two in store? And what will Alison's luxury be?
Listen in live at 11.15 GMT on BBC4 to find out!
Or visit the BBC webpage here where the programme will be available on iPlayer after broadcast.
This summer Alison took to the BBC Proms stage to perform the eagerly anticipated world première of Guy Barker's 'Lanterne of Light' Trumpet Concerto. Speaking about the concerto, she commented:
“Guy’s jazz background is so well known, but this is very much a more classical work; dark and other-worldy. It explores destructive themes in such a nuanced musical way - with colour and timbre as well as more strident virtuosity. It’s hugely demanding, but extraordinarily satisfying to perform.”
Alison also returned to the Proms for the Last Night at the Proms in the Park where she performed alongside the BBC Concert Orchestra.
Some reviews have been posted:**** Guy Barker’s work is a small masterpiece – a concerto for a post-modern age, interpreted brilliantly by Alison Balsom.
Barry Creasy, MusicOMH
It was superbly played, and Balsom, ferociously dexterous, did indeed sound far from angelic in it.
Tim Ashley, The Guardian
Alison Balsom was the articulate soloist for the world premiere of Guy Barker’s trumpet concerto The Lanterne of Light...Balsom sold the work persuasively, moving between instruments to generate everything from electronically-enhanced sonic effects to straight virtuoso fanfares, with a particularly effective detour midway into jazz and a tango heady with cigarette smoke and sex appeal.
Breaking news today...
"Askonas Holt is delighted to announce the general management of the highly-acclaimed British trumpeter, Alison Balsom
Alison Balsom is one of classical music's great ambassadors and is ranked amongst the most talented, distinctive and ground-breaking musicians on the international circuit today.
An internationally recognised face on the concert platform, Alison's musical interests are broad and varied. Alison regularly appears with leading orchestras including the Los Angeles Philharmonic, Orchestre de Paris, The Philadelphia Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Toronto Symphony, Wiener Symphoniker, NHK Symphony and the BBC Orchestras. She enjoys a close relationship with the English Concert and Trevor Pinnock with whom she recently released a critically acclaimed album 'Sound the Trumpet' on Warner Classics. Alison has produced and starred in the critically acclaimed production 'Gabriel' at Shakespeare's Globe in London as well as performing at the iTunes Festival and the Last Night of the Proms.
Alison frequently explores the limits of her instrument and works regularly with contemporary composers to commission new works for the trumpet. Recent works include 'Songs of the Paradise Saloon' by Bramwell Tovey, 'Seraph' by James MacMillan, 'Joie Eternelle' by Qigang Chen, and a new work written for her by Guy Barker which will be premiered at the BBC Proms this summer.
A passionate advocate for music education, Alison is an ambassador and performer for the BBC's major music education project 'Ten Pieces'.
Future highlights include performances with the BBC Scottish Symphony, the Netherlands Radio Philharmonic, Deutsches Symphonie-Orchester Berlin and the Munich Philharmonic, amongst others. Alison has had an exclusive recording contract with Warner Classics (formerly EMI) since 2001."
Click here to read a comprehensive new interview with Alison outlining this latest turn in her career.
We are pleased to announce two of Alison's forthcoming festival appearances, indicating the strength and depth of her music-making. On June 6th she will perform a trumpet and organ programme which includes the music of Leopold Mozart and Oliver Messiaen at Fischbeck Abbey in Hessisch Oldendorf, Germany. Part of the prestigious Literature and Music festival 'Wege Durch Das Land', tickets for the event sold out within hours. More information can be found here.
On 10th July she'll appear at Henley Festival on the floating stage for an evening of Gershwin alongside Ballet Black, the Philharmonia Orchestra, and other star soloists Ji Lui, Gregory Porter, and Laura Mvula. More information and tickets here.